10 fading US restaurant chains

These eateries have stumbled over the past decade and may have trouble regaining their footing in a competitive industry.

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Jan 17, 2013 7:39AM
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Growing up west of Toledo, dad would take us to Frisch's Big Boy on Friday nights. Loved it. The one in the Akron area is now gone. They just didn't keep up with the times.

Plus they had pretty stiff competition with Swenson's Drive-In.

Jan 17, 2013 7:08AM
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Some of these I have never even heard of..I guess I know why.
Jan 17, 2013 6:48AM
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With clueless and his band of loyal but dimwitted acolytes at the helm, restaurant chains will not be the last to fade in this country.  Can you say 'U6'?     
Jan 17, 2013 3:12AM
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Poor food quality is the major issue with most of these restaurants...
Jan 17, 2013 2:07AM
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I know something that should make the list and its not a food chain........Lunchables, I bought some for the grand kids to munch on while they watch tv, the kids came running into me and said they got ripped off.  I looked at the cheese, meat and cracker and each was half the thickness it use to be.  Damn, half the food at the same price, sure did get ripped off....won't be buying Lunchable anymore!!!
Jan 17, 2013 1:24AM
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It seems that almost all of the good restaurants used to be locally owned or franchised by local people, now almost all are corporate owned, and have become so degraded that they don't deserve to remain open. Used to be that you could stop at a McDonalds and get a decent, if not small ,hamburger, an order of fries and a soft drink, for less than a buck, and you even received friendly service from the person behind the window.  Now you get food held in a warming bin, at less than recommended temperatures, slapped together by someone who doesn't give half a damn how it's presented, and carries a cost comparable to what used to be fine dining establishments.  Just goes to show that the stupid public only demands huge portions to encourage gluttony and obesity and could care less about quality, and decent food service.  The restaurants are giving the public all that they want. Crappy service, garbage like food and by charging high prices, convincing people that they are getting better everything.. Caveat emptor. Let the buyr beware, and those restaurants who forgot what it used to be like, they will ultimately be closed.
Jan 17, 2013 1:23AM
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I know some of you would like to see some on the list, but many people eat at those crappy places and that is why they are doing a thriving business. McDonalds is a prime example of that.
Jan 17, 2013 1:02AM
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these restaurants keep shrinking the food portions , there should be a magnifying glass on the table along with the spoons and forks..  it's getting to be no fun anymore to dine at corporate chains.. I say eat at local mom and pop eateries.. hey anyone remember "Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips?" "Zantigo Taco?" "Burger Chef?"
Jan 16, 2013 11:27PM
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What about  Golden (Bowel) Corral ? They have such a lovely hogfest buffet with the one and only Fecal Fountain!!What about Arby's? Possum on a bun never tasted so good!!!
Jan 16, 2013 9:29PM
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The chains like Bobs don't respond to the fact that neighborhoods change and that they could negotiate for better rates for commercial space as it is becoming more available due to online commerce. More consumers are opting for internet shopping rather than fight traffic, crowds and parking problems, which hurts retailers,  but they can't buy a quick meal on the internet.
Jan 10, 2013 2:41AM
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I consider myself lucky to be near one of the 25 Ground Rounds left. Great wings. And they constantly have half price gift certificate specials.
Jan 10, 2013 12:01AM
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People under thirty will eat s  hi  t nowadays as long as it's got "chipotle" sauce on it
Jan 9, 2013 11:23PM
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Why always so much bad news? I guess CEO'S are not getting more millions in bonuses. This appears always to be the bottom line
Jan 9, 2013 11:21PM
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I would like to see more Restaurant Closings.

Most of it is just garbage anyway. Too many calories, too much salt, too fatty.

I do my dining at home, and take my lunch to work every day.

Jan 9, 2013 10:40PM
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Big Boy needs to go back to what made them a great eating experience.  Burgers and shakes.  No need for a crappy buffet and salad bar. 
Jan 9, 2013 10:21PM
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Pretty soon we will have imported fast food from China along with the rest of our products. Thanks to our presidents deciding that China and Japan are more important to support han America
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The main reason why a lot of restaurants go out of business is because the food is bad, not to mention management or other incentives( to the customer) as rewards for being that:  a loyal customer. 
Jan 9, 2013 7:10PM
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The Olive Garden should go! Pasta is WAY overcooked....nothing worse as soggy pasta!

way overpriced! Try buying 1/2 dozen meatballs to go.....you need to take a loan!

Everything they ''heat up'' is delivered to restaurants in a bag. Horrible food!

AND.....the music they play will make you throw up all that awful food!!!

Jan 9, 2013 6:37PM
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Denny's should be on this list.  Lame menu.  Lame atmosphere.  I haven't been to one in many years but I think about it as I drive past all the time.  I don't care about free wifi with my meal.  How about some good food?????
Jan 9, 2013 6:21PM
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I would have liked to see: Wendy's, Jack-in-the-Box, Domino's Pizza, Taco Bell and Chevy's. I throw away food that is better than they serve.
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